Newport Rib Company

4.6
540 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
If it's delicious BBQ, in a dinner house that knows more than just great BBQ, Newport Rib Company is your place. Comfortable booths, a great bar with sports on the TV, and a staff so friendly you'll think that you’re part of the family...and you are. This local landmark has been serving BBQ’d specialties for over 30 years; slow roasted tri-tip, Prime rib, juicy steaks, stiff martini's and great salads all add up to a first-rate experience without the first-rate price. Come and find out why this family-owned business has become a MUST-have when visiting the Orange County area.

Try the onion brick or the grilled artichoke for appetizers, the BBQ’d chopped tri-tip or chicken salad is a health conscious favorite, but the meat is center stage at this one of a kind Costa Mesa institution.

Take-out, catering from 25 to 2500 guests, a banquet room which seats 80, large comfortable booths, and an environment that caters to our guests no matter if regulars or soon to be’s.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 540 people are saying
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ScubaH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ribs and tri-tip are always excellent. The service is awesome, attentive but not intrusive. Our go to place for bbq.

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VartanY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On Friday I heard about the restaurant on KFI AM640 radio station and decided to give them a visit the following day, it was a good choice.

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TriciaC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place! The food is delicious and everyone is super friendly.
The biggest point I’d like to share is their knowledge of allergens.
The menu is clearly marked with gluten free options. The way the staff handles the situation put me at ease as soon as we were greeted by the hostess.
When I made our reservation on Open Table, I had added gluten free in the box provided for dietary concerns.
When we were greeted the hostess said “I see you would like gluten free food”. Then when we were seated, the waitress stopped by with our waters and said “I have cornbread coming out, regular and gluten free for you” WOW!!
I have NEVER had anyone approach me at a restaurant and already know that I needed GF!!
In just a few minutes, two straight from the oven GF muffins were set in front of me. They were AMAZING!!
I was able to thoroughly enjoy my dinner with out ANY fear or concern of being accidentally glutenized.
We had an amazing time! The food is delicious and the staff is very attentive!!
We will definitely be back very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service from Michelle and the whole staff!

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vipLoMac
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been going to Newport Rib Company for many years. The consistent quality of food and service is what brings us back. The service is friendly and helpful. We love Newport Rib Company, and it’s our go to restaurant of choice when we crave ribs.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took our large family to the Newport Rib company while on vacation. Michelle was our server and was wonderful. She was well versed with the menu and provided recommendations. The bread, drinks, appetizers and food were served quickly. Everything was great—loved the tri-tip. Our dining experience ended with a nice visit from a magician who performs at the restaurant. We would definitely dine again at Newport Rib Company.

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JeremyC
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food! Professional and punctual.

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SusanJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although it's a rib place. I, as a vegetarian, can find stuff to enjoy. They do a great job with appetizers, salads and sides. Love the grilled artichoke hearts!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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SusanS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, the food was delicious. Michelle, our server was over the top. She made us feel special even though she was helping folks at many tables.

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GMan
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food quality inconsistent, ribs too dry. Service was unorganized, had to ask for silverware, water, rib bone bucket, etc. Never got lime for my soda even after reminding the server. Prices are a lot higher than they used to be which lowered the value rating. I've been going to Newport Rib for years, sadly they seem to be slipping.

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ErichM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We didn't receive our typical good service at Newport.ribs. she was not on top of. It seemed like we were we bothering her to serve up

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service and good food. We will definitely dine at this estimate again!

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HankC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great place to eat. Great food and service.

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GuyAk
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The place was good but not over the top. I would go back.

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Nikkig
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at this restaurant I booked it for my husband’s birthday the food absolutely amazing the service absolutely amazing I will definitely be back

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PeterJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Waited 10 mins to get asked about water or drinks, and only after going to search someone. Food: Steak was ok but everything else had industrial amount of oil on top, even the grilled Artichokes. All roasted vegetables, and the roasted pineapple tasted like meat juice, probably grilled on same grill as meat.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Couldn’t ask for more

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JohnS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves the food at the Newport Rib Company. Their ribs and onion loaf are the best.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Prime Rib in Orange County. Haven't been here in 6 yrs and they still honored a free appetizer check-in from Yelp from 6yrs ago! Our waitress Amber was on top of it. Very friendly and attentive. She's a keeper. I'd hire her in a heartbeat.

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vipAlan
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Newport Rib is a great 'go to' . . . plenty of parking behind the restaurant and a shopping center near the restaurant could handle any amount of 'overflow', but I have never seen the need for it in many years.

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vipAndre
Orange County
105 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Always a good meal. Cornbread too dry and crumbly.

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VickiSD
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was tasty. Potato skins were very good. The ribs were tender. Baked beans a little sweet for my taste.

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LucyH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents asked treat my husband & I for our wedding anniversary. We were celebrating 10 years & my parents celebrated 68 years in September. So, at 4 pm I made a last minute reservation for 5 for 5:15 and asked for a quiet area, no easy fete on a Friday evening, and a table to accommodate my Mom who is in a wheelchair. Access was easy for the two octogenarians using a wheelchair and a walker Our table in the far dining room was ready upon arrival. Our server, Michelle, had waited on us in April for my Mom’s 99th birthday. That was for a family celebration for 9 during COVID and we were allowed to all sit together at one table. We shared a No. 2 appetizer and were given a breadbasket brimming with mini cornbread loaves. We all had different selections which were timed just right following the shared appetizers. Michelle, Luis & crew took great care of us. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Sr. Beef Ribs, Sr. Chicken & Baby-back Ribs, Salmon, 12oz Prime Rib & BBQ Beef Sandwich. The generous portions meant “leftovers-to-go”. A very enjoyable experience for a happy family get-together! We’ll plan on dining there again soon

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vipReneeS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious, and there's plenty of it! Beef ribs were meaty, tender, and tasty. The service was very good and our server was cheerful and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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RobertY
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this restaurant and the service is always great.

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Priscila
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ribs I've had! Great price for delicious food!

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vipMamacat90807
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great as always. The service was amazingly fast. Our server was terrific. Very friendly, attentive and helpful, she was always thinking ahead as to what we might want or need.

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vipLoMac
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newport Rib Company is consistently excellent. Great food. Great service. We just can’t decide what’s better, baby back or St Louis ribs. They are both so good.

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ScottH
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best BBQ in OC
Get the 2/3 meat combo and take some home

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vipDM101
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

My wife and I have been here a few times, but our last visit will likely be our last visit for a while.

The good.

We're seated and greeted, order drinks, and are served cornbread. My wife cant' have the honey butter, so we ask for regular butter.

I wanted to order the prime rib, but was told it was sold out. No biggie, was looking forward to it and didn't want to settle for the usual combo I get, so I got a bowl of their chili (which is very good). I ordered it with cheese, sour cream, and crackers. My wife orders a half rack of ribs and her two sides.

The bad.

The regular butter never came, which meant my wife had dry cornbread and being polite, I didn't eat mine until she got the butter, which we had to ask for midway through her meal. We were never asked if we wanted refills of our water and my iced tea. The timing between our orders arriving was horrible. Had I waited for my wife's meal to arrive, mine would have been cold.

Our server was extremely inattentive to us. She paid plenty of attention to her other tables, just not to ours. She mentioned having just returned from vacation. Perhaps she might have stayed there.

The cherry on top? Well, in addition to being inattentive, she somehow managed to bring us the WRONG CHECK! Heck, what she did bring didn't even include the actual receipt with our meal. At least I got my credit card back.

We normally LOVE this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I use to be a fan. IDK what changed but it’s different. Not the same place I remember. I’ve never left an entire bone in rib-eye or been so disappointed with the prime rib cajun steak.

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deke4dining
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newport Rib Company has the best Baby Back Ribs in Orange County. Be sure to also get a Brick of Onion Rings. Try to get a Bar Table so you can watch all of the games while enjoying dinner.

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lolobear02
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Server was terrible. Food took over 30 mins to hit the table. Sides were cold.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant
Pricey
Quick service and courteous staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food excellent and plenty for your money. Service a little slow, but over all good. I'd return

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vipjimk
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ribs and tri tip

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Nohemi
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Newport Rib Company, but definitely won’t be the last. The whole experience was great. Great service, delicious food and a very nice atmosphere. Our server greeted us and gave us options and recommended menu items. Thank you! Looking forward to going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Newport rib company has the best steaks in town the service is always great and with the reservation little to no wait

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LorendaJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice
Good food with good friends

FAQs

Newport Rib Company does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Newport Rib Company also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 631-2110.

Newport Rib Company is rated 4.6 stars by 540 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.